In the article, “3 reasons to take it in at the right age,” I spoke briefly about how it is important to take a puppy that is at least 60 days old. I listed three major reasons that support this practice. Unfortunately, there are far too many cases where individuals who (in good or bad faith) sell or dispose of puppies during this period, with all of the deficiencies and stress that this can have on the dog.
Even recently, I’ve witnessed a situation concerning a 30-day-old puppy (in this case it wasn’t a beagle, but the concept remains the same).
Bringing home a puppy too early can make it harder to organize your life to make it grow in an environment that’s best. In the previous article, I explained that many “disasters” that the puppy creates in his/her new home might depend on taking it too young. Here are the three top reasons, that have been already listed, to bring home a puppy that is at least 60 days old:
- Because he/she learns the “canine language.”
- Because he/she learns the rules of socialization
Because he/she recognizes the man as part of his/her life.
- What probably interests all of us as owners are learning the benefits that are taking in a puppy at the right age can have on our everyday lives.
Now, let’s see what practical meanings of these benefits are:
A puppy first explores their world with their mouth. Just staying with his/her mother, they learn, almost immediately, that squeezing too hard with the teeth is not tolerable. Depending on the severity of the bite, mom growls, shows her teeth and shoots empty air at them. She also moves the puppy with her nose or she takes it by the collar and moves it.
With this set of behaviors, among other things, the puppy learns how to interact with other dogs, and it soon becomes apparent that with adults it must adopt a submissive attitude.
No one knows how to teach a puppy better than the mom!
When we take home a puppy too early and let them pierce our fingers with small bites and attempt to train by saying “no,” this is just a timid try to teach him/her things that should’ve been learned from their mother.
It has been said that the dog comes from the wolf and, therefore, it is, indeed, a predator. In essence, the wolf is “made to kill” in nature. If all of the bickerings had ended with a physical confrontation, these animals would have died out a long time ago with unnecessary energy wasted.
Another key thing that the puppy learns in its time with mom and siblings is making aggression a ritual.
In this way, when there is a skirmish with another or the same breed, before going at each other’s throats, there will be sometime in which the two communicate through signals. And if they can’t find a “deal,” then there will be a clash.
But a conflict between dogs is not healthy because, as mentioned above, in nature, there is a tendency to waste their energy unnecessarily.
Taking it younger than 60 days is illegal.
This will not stop people that sell 25-day old puppies. However, it must be said to inform those who want to take a dog. If you take it home less than two months old, you become an accomplice of the individuals said above.
With that said, two months is still not enough.
The age of 60 days is an established compromise, recognized by law, which combines the needs of breeding and socialization that is most important for the dog (if raised well).
Naturally, we must believe that if we take a 2-month-old puppy, we have to commit to a plan to make it grow with the best character. Mothers and siblings can only do so much, but it’s our responsibility to make sure we finish what they have started. We have to think about the rest who are its new family.
At such a young and venerable age, a puppy is like a child who is about to enter kindergarten. They still have much to learn and a great need to establish relationships with peers. This way he/she can build a balanced personality.
So, especially for the first four months after having adopted your puppy, continue with efforts to give them many opportunities to interact safely with others. For instance, surround your puppy with other dogs or your friends and family. This will give your puppy the greatest number of opportunities to know different people. This attention to the development of your puppy’s social life will not only make you live better in the heart of your home, but it will make the other meetings that the beagle will do in the course of their life more pleasant.